Jerez Moto2: Rossi protege Marini eases to victory

Valentino Rossi protege Luca Marini eased to victory in Moto2’s first race in four months at the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

Jerez Moto2: Rossi protege Marini eases to victory

Seizing the lead early on, VR46 rider Marini eased into the distance and managed tyre wear to secure his first win of the season ahead of Qatar victor Tetsuta Nagashima on the Ajo Kalex. 

Jorge Martin transformed his maiden Moto2 pole into the race lead off the line on the sister Ajo bike ahead of Aspar rookie Aron Canet and Marini. 

Marini moved up to second by lap three and snatched the lead away from Martin on the inside of the Turn 9 right-hander on the following lap. 

Nagashima became the chaser at the end of that tour after disposing of his teammate, with the pair quickly opening up a gap to the chasing Martin, VR46 bike of Marco Bezzecchi and Canet.

Bezzecchi moved into third on the seventh lap, but a maiden Moto2 podium in just his second race in the intermediate class went away from him when he crashed at Turn 10 just moments later. 

This extended the gap at the front, with Marini also opening up his advantage over Nagashima, which stood at over a second by lap nine. 

Marini had his lead up to 1.6s by lap 12, though Nagashima did cut into it by way of several fastest laps to put the Italian under some pressure.

However, Marini settled into a rhythm again in the closing stages to keep his lead at the 1.5s and cruise to the chequered flag for his first win since last year’s Japanese GP. 

Nagashima proved his shock Qatar win was no flash in the pan to hold second from eighth on the grid to maintain his championship lead - which now stands at 17 points - while Martin repelled a late charge from Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes to complete the podium.

Lowes surmounted Canet in the second half of the race, though Asapr rider maintained fifth spot ahead of his teammate Hafizh Syahrin.

Remy Gardner got his SAG Kalex to the line in seventh, while last year’s Jerez winner Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons) fended off the Italtrans bike of Enea Bastianini and the Petronas Sprinta of Xavi Vierge. 

Jorge Navarro crashed on the opening lap after Bezzecchi nudged his Speed Up, while both Intact GP bikes of Tom Luthi and Marcel Schrotter ended their races in the gravel. 

Jerez Moto2 - Race Results:

Cla # Rider Bike Gap
1 10 Italy Luca Marini Kalex  
2 45 Japan Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1.271
3 88 Spain Jorge Martin Kalex 4.838
4 22 United Kingdom Sam Lowes Kalex 6.200
5 44 Spain Arón Canet Speed Up 10.794
6 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 15.578
7 87 Australia Remy Gardner Kalex 17.426
8 7 Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 19.416
9 33 Italy Enea Bastianini Kalex 19.505
10 97 Spain Xavi Vierge Kalex 19.590
11 62 Italy Stefano Manzi MV 21.269
12 40 Spain Hector Garzo Kalex 21.405
13 37 Spain Augusto Fernandez Kalex 24.550
14 11 Italy Nicolo Bulega Kalex 26.232
15 24 Italy Simone Corsi MV 27.303
16 57 Spain Edgar Pons Kalex 32.566
17 16 United States Joe Roberts Kalex 33.951
18 96 United Kingdom Jake Dixon Kalex 36.432
19 19 Italy Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 43.699
20 27 Andi Izdihar Kalex 43.889
21 2 Switzerland Jesko Raffin NTS 1'02.884
22 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'09.455
23 42 Spain Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1 Lap
24 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi Kalex  
25 21 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up  
26 23 Germany Marcel Schrotter Kalex  
27 72 Italy Marco Bezzecchi Kalex  
28 64 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder NTS  
29 35 Thailand Somkiat Chantra Kalex  
30 9 Spain Jorge Navarro Speed Up  
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